Playing the Gene Card?

Playing the Gene Card?

We're now well into what some have called the "Biotech Century," and increasing numbers of DNA-based products are being promoted and sold.

While many have important benefits, some may be setting back our efforts toward racial justice. Playing the Gene Card? focuses on three biotech products that may have particular risks for African American and other minority communities:

  • Race-specific drugs
  • Genetic ancestry tests
  • DNA forensics and DNA databases

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Osagie Obasogie is available for interview. His recent appearances include Forum with Michael Krasny (KQED), The Jeff Farias Show, and The Cliff Kelley Show (WVON).


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Osagie Obasogie, JD, PhD, is Senior Fellow at the Center for Genetics and Society; Haas Distinguished Chair and Professor of Bioethics in the Joint Medical Program and School of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley. Read more

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